Utilitas 12 (1):1 (2000)
Utilitarianism seems to require us to sacrifice a person if doing so will produce a net increase in the amount of utility. This feature of utilitarianism is extremely unattractive. The puzzle is how to reject this requirement without rejecting the plausible claim that we are often wise to trade lesser amounts of utility for greater amounts. I argue that such a position is not as paradoxical as it may appear, so long as we understand the relationship between the value of utility and the value of persons in a certain way. I argue that the traditional utilitarian position assumes an inadequate view of this relationship. I suggest a more plausible view of this relationship, one which implies that we may not sacrifice a person merely in order to produce a net gain in utility, where that utility does not result from the saving of any other persons' lives
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Utilitarianism and Infinite Utility.Peter Vallentyne - 1993 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 71 (2):212 – 217.
The Problem of Endless Joy: Is Infinite Utility Too Much for Utilitarianism?J. L. A. Garcia & Mark T. Nelson - 1994 - Utilitas 6 (2):183.
Utilitarianism.Joon Ho Kang - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 10:221-228.
IV. The Production of Children as a Problem of Utilitarian Ethics.Hermann Vetter - 1969 - Inquiry 12 (1-4):445-447.
Readjusting Utility for Justice.Dennis R. Cooley - 2000 - Journal of Philosophical Research 25:363-380.
Infinite Utility: Anonymity and Person-Centredness.Peter Vallentyne - 1995 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 73 (3):413 – 420.
Harsanyi's 'Utilitarian Theorem' and Utilitarianism.Mathias Risse - 2002 - Noûs 36 (4):550–577.
An Axiomatic Basis for Distributional Equality in Utilitarianism.D. Schoch - 1994 - Erkenntnis 40 (1):121 - 132.
Added to index2010-08-30
Total downloads42 ( #116,825 of 2,044,886 )
Recent downloads (6 months)20 ( #23,240 of 2,044,886 )
How can I increase my downloads?
There are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.